PRESS PASS Q
A Newsletter and Trade Publication for the LGBT Media Professional

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2010 [Vol. 12, No. 6/7)
A Publication of Rivendell Media

Celebrating 11 years of serving our community of journalists

SPECIAL EDITION from the NATIONAL LESBIAN AND GAY JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION annual conference in San Francisco

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Feature: LGBT journalists shake things up in San Francisco: National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association goes back to its roots for 20th anniversary
Sidebars from San Francisco: The digital future of LGBT journalism; Analyzing how LGBT Californians lost the right to marry; Some angered NLGJA didn’t take a Prop 8 stand
Pressing Questions: Our Lives Magazine of Madison, Wisconsin
Letters to the Editor: More LGBTs should read Press Pass Q
Transitions and Milestones
Bulletin Board
Staff
Contributors to This Issue
Contact Us


FEATURE: LGBT journalists shake things up in San Francisco: National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association goes back to its roots for 20th anniversary
by Chuck Colbert

SAN FRANCISCO — For one morning only, local labor unrest and an informational picket line outside the Hyatt Regency tarnished an otherwise productive weekend when a national organization of LGBT journalists convened here over the Labor Day weekend for its annual convention.

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association [NLGJA) celebrated its 20th anniversary, returning to the location of its inauguration where a contingent marched in Gay Pride wearing T-shirts reading, “We’re here. We’re queer. We’re on deadline.”

NLGJA paid tribute to its founder, the late Leroy Aarons; handed out awards in journalistic excellence; and hosted a range of plenary sessions and workshops. The usual cocktail- hour receptions and networking opportunities abounded.

And yet amidst the business-as-usual convention buzz, a few future-shock tremors struck as journalists grappled with the changing media industry and professional dynamics.

During a plenary session on media coverage of same-sex marriage and California’s Proposition 8, for example, Associated Press reporter Lisa Leff said that at first she was “troubled” by the challenge bloggers and activists posed to traditional journalists.

“No matter how fast you are moving, you won’t be able to keep up [with] tweets and live blogging,” she said, referring to coverage earlier this year of Perry v. Schwarzenegger in U.S. district court. “It was a powerful thing. Advocacy groups invested tremendous resources, did an incredible job,” Leff acknowledged. “Rick Jacobs, blogger for the Courage Campaign, oh my God, how does he type so fast?”

In hindsight, however, she came to realize, “We were providing summary and context for a different audience” – not for those passionately concerned about the issue of gay marriage, who wanted “second-by-second” updates. That realization was reassuring to Leff. “See, we’re not irrelevant yet.”

A second tremor struck during the opening plenary session of the one-day LGBT Media Summit, when moderator Matthew Bajko, an assistant editor at Bay Area Reporter, asked, “How would you diagnose the health of LGBT media?” prompting a lively discussion.

“The state of the gay press is phenomenal, thank you very much,” said Mark Segal, publisher of and columnist for the Philadelphia Gay News [PGN). “Rumors of our death are premature and silly. Let’s look at the facts.”

For instance, “Last month’s Gay Pride revenues from around the country in print media were one of the strongest. We kicked butt in June,” he said.

In fact, national advertising last June was up 20 percent, compared to any other Gay Pride, said Todd Evans, president and chief executive officer of Rivendell Media [and publisher of Press Pass Q). Based in New Jersey, Rivendell is the nation’s largest LGBT ad placement firm based in New Jersey.

Still, publishers of LGBT publications readily admit the recession has taken its toll. “We had to do things because of this economy that I never imagined we’d do, like lay off staff and decrease the size of our publication,” said panelist Frances Stevens, publisher of Curve Magazine.

But she said, “Curve will definitely come out of this recession as we did in the last two we’ve been through. What I am concerned about is the state of the media industry as a whole. As a niche market, we don’t have the economies of scale as others.” Keep in mind, “Nobody has the answers right now,” referring to the struggles print media face to survive. But, “I don’t think print is dead.”

A third tremor reverberated days later. One attendee – Rhode Island-based journalist Joe Siegel – gave voice to an undercurrent of uncertainty, if not anguish, about the fate of the gay journalist association itself.

“Should NLGJA die? Dunno,” he said. “Maybe NLGJA has served its purpose. Roy Aarons had a great idea 20 years ago, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude.” Still, “Times have changed. Media are struggling. Paper after paper is going under. … I might not go to the convention next year. What's the point? Nobody shows up for these things anymore.”

The final attendance tally for convention 2010 stood at 277, about a 50 percent increase from the previous year’s convention in Montreal, according to Michael Tune, NLGJA’s executive director. The current membership roster totals 693.

Yes, membership is down from a peak of about 1,300 in 2006. In fact, membership has been declining for the past four years. And previous conventions indeed have drawn larger number of attendees. The 2004 gathering in New York City drew nearly 700. Miami pulled in 600.

Meanwhile, NGJA has also cut expenses drastically. Its budget is down from more than $1 million in 2006 to less than $500,000 in 2009, according to the organization’s IRS filings.

But even as corporate sponsorships have shrunk, with media companies now giving less to journalists’ associations, NLGJA’s 2010 convention turned a profit – for the second year in a row – following on the heels of a 2008 strategic restructuring plan that included staff downsizing.

Still, 20 years later, does NLGJA serve a purpose?

Yes, said long-time NLGJA member and former board member Bob Witeck. “In terms of skills and content, it’s clear the convention is a useful professional crossroads for many in the LGBT community,” he said. “I strongly believe that [next year’s convention planners] should wrap [their] arms more around the blogger community and infuse some of the energy, knowledge, and contacts of the Netroots. I don’t think we have to have one or the other, and would really welcome greater involvement by bloggers in the work and mission of NLGJA.”

Is NLGJA still relevant? Absolutely, wrote Metro Weekly publisher Sean Bugg [op-ed, Sept. 8, 2010, “Washington is a better place for LGBT journalists thanks to groups such as NLGJA,” http://bit.ly/crlkas). “I keep coming back to the organization,” he wrote, “because I like the simple fact of meeting others who share my own passion for media, whether LGBT, mainstream or blog.” All of us, he continued, are “living in a fascinating time of opportunity and change, and all of us have a lot to learn from each other moving forward.”

And wrote Sarah Blazucki in a PGN editorial, “The truth is NLGJA will be relevant at least until LGBT folks have full equality under the law and are treated equally in society” [“Convention debrief,” Sept. 9, 2010, http://bit.ly/a93j8C). “… While mainstream media outlets may cover LGBT issues with increasing frequency, they generally don’t cover the issues with the insight or depth that LGBT reporters and/or media do. Frankly, the LGBT community can’t expect the mainstream media to provide fair and accurate coverage without education, from inside the newsroom and from the outside.”



SIDEBARS FROM SAN FRANCISCO: The digital future of LGBT journalism

NLGJA’s convention programming this year offered a wide variety of plenary discussions, breakout workshops, caucus meetings, a film screening, an author’s café, cocktail receptions, a membership meeting, cruising-the-Castro and California wine-tasting tours, a silent auction, and the 20th anniversary dinner gala celebration – more than two- dozen offerings over a full three-day schedule.

There was something for everyone, including conversations on profitable business models for print, online, and broadcast outlets, as well as tips on best interview techniques, personal branding for journalists, and coverage pointers for LGBT sports reporting and emerging LGBT health issues and trends.

For all the professional skills training offered, moreover, breakout sessions on social network media, smart phone apps, and search engine optimization packed the biggest audiences. One reason is that media companies – mainstream, alternative, and LGBT – are all developing high-tech ways to pull in more and new readers, listeners, and viewers as well as drive traffic to websites.

Boston-based David Foucher, founder and chief executive officer of the EDGE Media Network, made a compelling case for smart phones. “If you don’t realize mobile devices are the future of our business, you don’t understand the future of journalism,” he said, during an LGBT Media Summit breakout session, “There’s an app for that!”

Foucher ought to know. In April 2009, EDGE Media launched its Gay/Lesbian News Reader application, with at least four major updates since then. In fact, another update is due October 2010, with an iPad app also coming soon. What distinguishes the EDGE newsreader app is its downloading capability for reading content off-line, including nightlife photos, columnists, and a business directory for EDGE’s dozen-plus portal cities nationwide.

EDGE also partners with Bay Area Reporter, Bay Windows, Dallas Voice, and Windy City Times, among others, with stories from those publications also made available.

For the month of August 2010, a Google Analytics report showed 88,714 visits to the EDGE iPhone app. Although Grindr, for example, may well have a larger audience, the EDGE app is “the most popular [LGBT] news application," said Foucher.

Generally speaking, EDGE competitors’ applications simply republish feeds from news websites. And when a user selects a story, the app directs the viewer to the media outlet’s website to read it.

“Our app has been for us a huge success in bringing new readers to our brand,” Foucher said. “A tremendous web readership has joined us on iPhone,” including “many people who had never read us before. People are finding us through the app store or advertising on our website, or from word of mouth.”

The EDGE Gay/Lesbian News Reader is free. But a paid subscription [99 cents per month or $9.99 per year) unlocks advanced features in the app. Sure enough, EDGE has taken flack for charging a fee for what was once entirely free.

In defending the subscription costs, however, Foucher said that journalists “have to make a buck, too." Besides, the extra revenue enables EDGE to continue its technological innovation and to compensate writers and partner publications, he explained.

And yet the apps market is a soft-revenue one, panelists agreed, prompting blogger Mike Rogers to state, “I don’t see [many LGBT media outlets] making money off an application.”

That’s “off in the future,” said Anthony Young, director of search engine optimization at Eightfold Logic. “Print revenue still outpaces advertising on the web,” he explained. “The mobile app market’s growing very fast, but it’s still not as valuable as website advertising.”

Meanwhile, mainstream broadcast media outlets, like National Public Radio, are also employing smart phones to draw listeners, according to NPR’s Chuck Holmes. During a breakout session, “Digital News: Covering the Breaking Story," Holmes said that five million people a week listen to NPR over smart phones. For a while, he said, NPR’s iPhone app was one of Apple’s most popular download applications.

How else can publications and writers ensure readers view their content?

“Basically, my work is based on referrals from Google,” said Matt Baume, a blogger and freelancer based in San Francisco.

Indeed, well-designed and formulated websites enable Google and Yahoo search engines to direct more and more traffic your way. At the end of the day, search engines remain the major traffic cop and revenue generator.

“Linking to my website helps make my site an authoritative website,” Baume explained. “Social media optimization, too, brings qualified traffic to a site.”

In developing a following, Baume suggested, keep two things in mind. “Old journalism or legacy journalism tends to think of itself as having an audience,” he said. “New journalism tends to think of itself as a community.”

Facebook has more than 500 million active users, according to its website. There are 150 million mobile users. During the breakout session, “How to Use Social Media for Fair/Balanced Coverage,” Facebook’s Andrew Noyes suggested that writers and media outlets create profile pages on the site and employ “like” and “recommend” features to spotlight stories and news feeds of your friends.

For Melanie Nathan, senior editor at Lez Get Real [www.lezgetreal.com), the lesbian focused news blog, the real power of social media resides among the younger LGBT generation, who “rely very heavily on it and apps," she said. “It’s their way of relating to each other." Therein lies the key. “On Facebook and Twitter, there is a fully ready-to-erupt, grassroots advocacy community,” explained Nathan, “the likes of which we’ve never seen before.”

— Chuck Colbert

Analyzing how LGBT Californians lost the right to marry

A leading Yes on 8 expert witness said as much: No scientific studies point to any evidence that children with same-sex parents fare worse than a child with two straight biological parents. There’s no evidence of harm to traditional marriage by allowing same-sex couples to marry. Even when Judge Vaughn Walker put the question to Proposition 8’s defense team, “I’m asking you to tell me how [same-sex marriage] would harm opposite-sex marriages,” attorney Charles Cooper conceded, “Your Honor, my answer is, I don’t know. I don’t know.”

Despite recent favorable polling trends – increasing support among Americans for marriage equality – a relentless it- threatens-traditional-marriage attitude persists in the court of public opinion. Why is that?

Four journalists who covered Perry v. Schwarzenegger and California’s Proposition 8 campaign addressed that phenomenon head-on during an NLGJA convention plenary session.

One explanation, according to Ken Miguel, special projects producer at KGO-TV, a local ABC affiliate, is that “it isn’t so much the marriage component as the children component. Even the No on 8 people contend that they have no way to combat that [challenge] in advertising because it’s such a strong message and hits people right at home.”

Television advertising indeed figured prominently, perhaps even definitively, leading up to the Nov. 4, 2008, election when California voters passed Proposition 8, rolling back equal-marriage rights ushered in by an earlier state supreme court decision.

During the ballot measure campaign, Yes on 8 television commercials hammered away at a “Save Our Children” theme. “One ad nailed the coffin,” Miguel said. “Those kids going to City Hall to see their teacher get married – once that ad ran, there was no turning back. That just sealed it.”

A year later in Maine, opponents ran similar TV ads suggesting that same-sex marriage would lead to public school teachers talking about same-sex couples and homosexuality in their classrooms. By then it became clear, said Associated Press reporter Lisa Leff, that the kids-in- the-schools line of attack “was the Achilles heel in the marriage equality movement.”

The gist of the argument in California, Leff went on to explain, was that “somehow Proposition 8 would make the difference,” leading children to learn about same-sex couples and read in school books like “King and King,” a contemporary fairy tale published in 2000, about a young prince who marries another man going on to live happily ever after.

The claim was false, Leff said. “Those books were already in the library. There were schools that had been sued for not having anti-bullying curriculum. Increasingly, at all ages children were having conversations about same-sex households and LGBT kids.”

It was not enough for school officials to say the ads were misleading. “Yeah, they were lies,” Leff said. “But it’s a lot more complicated than that.”

Thus far, the kids-in-the-schools tactic has proved to be failsafe. “This is the path [opponents] use all over the country because it works,” Miguel said.

And yet Matthew Bajko, assistant editor at San Francisco’s Bay Area Reporter, could not understand why the No on 8 campaign did not run ads featuring children of gay couples pointing out the real harm to their families.

“Because there are still people who don’t want to see gay and lesbian couples with children,” explained Miguel. “Putting that in an ad in central California would have an entirely different meaning than if you put it up in San Francisco.”

Bajko shot back. “What befuddles me is that [pro-gay group] Equality California buses kids from all over the state to Sacramento for a lobbying day, parades them around every time, and begs us every year to cover them. Yet they can’t put kids in a commercial. I have yet to hear an argument that makes any sense."

Religious beliefs also underpin the success of same-sex marriage opponents. “There is considerable feeling among Yes on 8 voters that [gay marriage] sullies [heterosexual] marriage,” explained legal reporter Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle. “If you read about the Mormon or fundamentalist appeal or the get-out-the-vote drive that was so centered in Southern California churches at the end of the campaign,” it’s a conviction about "a divine order of the universe that is being disturbed here."

— Chuck Colbert

Some angered NLGJA didn’t take a Prop 8 stand

It’s the question that keeps getting asked: Why didn’t NLGJA take a position in 2008 during California’s Prop 8 campaign?

This time, the question arose during a panel discussion broadcast live from the convention on Sirius XM OutQ’s “The Michelangelo Signorile Show,” on Friday, Sept. 3.

Panelist and NLGJA board member Michael Tripplet offered one explanation. Taking a stance, he said, would jeopardize LGBT journalists’ objectivity in covering gay issues.

Au contraire, blogger and panelist Mike Rogers snapped back. Not taking a stance, he said, perpetuates the “myth” that LGBT journalists can’t cover gay issues with objectivity.

And yet that short exchange was not the end of it. The question is a bit more complicated, striking at the core of NLGJA’s mission to advocate for fair and accurate coverage.

Four days later, Frontiers in LA news editor and blogger Karen Ocamb gave Huffington Post a detailed explanation for skipping this year’s gathering.

“I’m still furious over the organization’s failure to discuss the San Francisco Chronicle’s coverage of Prop 8,” she wrote. Ocamb’s comment refers to an Oct. 11, 2008, front-page story about first-graders attending their teacher’s wedding.

Whether or not the Chronicle’s coverage tipped the outcome of Prop 8, which passed 52 percent to 48 percent, remains an open question for some but not all political observers.

Nonetheless, Ocamb suggests that the paper’s handling of the story played into the hands of Yes on 8 political consultants, eager to use the kids-in-the-schools strategy to torpedo Golden State marriage equality.

Indeed, opponents of same-sex marriage equality have successfully exploited parents’ fears – in California and Maine – that legal gay wedlock will endanger religious liberties by indoctrinating children and that children will be taught about gay marriage and homosexuality despite parental objections.

In making her case, Ocamb cited blogger Paul Hogarth’s October 10, 2008, post, “SF Chronicle Jeopardizes Marriage Equality.” Hogarth wrote that he learned from a Chronicle reporter how the “political desk hijacked the social story of the now-infamous first-graders’ surprise field trip,” adding, “Both No on Prop 8 campaign consultant Steve Smith and Yes on 8 campaign manager Frank Schubert later agreed that the Oct. 11 front page story turned the tide of the election.”

At that time, Ocamb said, she called David Steinberg, president of NLGJA’s board of directors, also a Chronicle copy editor. But Steinberg, Ocamb wrote, “didn’t see any problem with what the political desk did.”

The rub for Ocamb is not only a beef with Steinberg, but also her dismay with the organization’s leadership. “NLGJA failed to address Prop 8 or offer guidelines on coverage,” she wrote.

For his part, Steinberg referred Huffington Post readers to the NLGJA’s RE:ACT blog where board member Tripplet wrote, “Could NLGJA have been more involved in aiding journalists in covering the Prop 8 story? Again, I’d argue sure. We did issue press releases and the issue was discussed at conferences. The Prop 8 election came as the organization was dealing with financial trouble plaguing the media industry, which meant we cut staff and resources available to respond and guide. But our Rapid Response Task Force continued to monitor coverage and work with newsrooms when concerns arose.”

Steinberg also e-mailed back and forth with Bay Area Reporter [BAR) assistant editor Seth Hemmelgarn for a convention follow-up story. “What I told [Ocamb] was that I thought it was a legitimate story to be covered in the paper,” he wrote to Hemmelgarn. “At the time many people were complaining about a lousy campaign being run by Prop 8 opponents, and much was made of how the pro-Prop 8 folks were using emotionally charged images and words in the ads blanketing the airways.”

Against that backdrop, Steinberg told BAR, a story “that concentrated on the political ramifications/fallout/fodder created by the wedding event was absolutely legitimate.”

Additionally, Steinberg addressed Ocamb’s claim that she was “censored” by editors of Outlook, NLGJA’s newsletter, when she submitted a story they requested.

“You weren't censored over the piece criticizing NLGJA,” Steinberg wrote on Huffington Post. “In fact, I had written a response to be published with it [though for the life of me I can't find a copy of it). The reason your piece [and my response) wasn't published was because NLGJA discontinued Outlook. We were cutting way back and reducing expenses because of the severe downturn in the economy, our drop in income and lower media spending/membership.”

— Chuck Colbert



PRESSING QUESTIONS: Our Lives Magazine of Madison, Wisconsin
by David Webb

Year founded: 2009

Geographic coverage area: Greater Madison area

Staff size and breakdown: 2 editors, 8 photographers, 1 sales rep and 2 tech support managers

Physical dimensions of publication: 8.375" wide by 10.875" tall

Average page count: 40

Key demographics: gay 51.2%, lesbian 35%, straight 5.1%, bi 9.5%, other 3.9%; male 38.7%, female 54.6%, trans 3.7%; average age: 40-44

Print run: 5,000

Website: http://www.ourlivesmadison.com

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PPQ: What part of your publication is the most popular?

Publisher/editor Patrick Farabaugh: We take a lot of pride in how well thought out the flow of our magazine is, with the editorial balance of light reading and deeper pieces. That said, we do have a few columns that are compelling and must-reads in every issue. Our legal columnist Tamara Packard and her partner Lester Pines are the attorneys that Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle hires to handle all the marriage equality cases that make it to the state's supreme court. Our workplace equality columnist Marty Fox just retired last year as one of the executive directors of a major utility company in the Madison area, and our gay history columnist, Dick Wagner, is seen by many as the Harvey Milk of our state because of having been out when he was elected Dane County Board of Supervisors board chair – where Madison is located – back in 1980, a full two years before Wisconsin passed the first gay-rights legislation in our nation.

PPQ: What challenge has your publication had to overcome over the past few years, and what challenges are you facing right now?

Farabaugh: My perception of our biggest challenge has been socializing a community to the unique voice of our magazine. We're people telling our lives through narrative storytelling. When you read about some political, professional, or community leader in Our Lives, you're reading about their experience in their own words. I see most of our work as being a capacity-building tool that connects and supports what can often be a very fragmented community. Hearing someone use their own voice in a story is empowering. We place a lot of value in making visible the common threads of our culture, our ideas and our humanness.

PPQ: What is the greatest challenge you are facing now?

Farabaugh: Growing pains, although it's hardly a problem I should complain about in this economic climate. I think where other institutional media got pinched pretty hard in the last few years, we thrived. Madison Magazine even named me one of their "People Who Had a Very Good Year" in their annual "Persons of the Year" issue last November. The concept for this magazine came from a very sincere place of love. Our readers have responded with sometimes overwhelming support to that authenticity, and we are a grassroots media that is step-by-step learning how to grow up and continue to better serve and feed our community.

PPQ: On the Kinsey Scale of 0-6 [exclusively straight to totally gay), how gay is your publication?

Farabaugh: Our media are a reflection of our community. Madison is known as the Berkley of the Midwest, and we are the only city in the nation that is represented at the city, state and federal levels by an out elected official. Our economic engines are the University of Wisconsin–Madison [lead by openly lesbian Chancellor Carolyn “Biddy” Martin) and state government. Biotech is also a rapidly growing industry for us. Madison's knowledge economy really creates a place where LGBT people are welcome everywhere. We live in a very inclusive city. Our Lives reflects that, so I'd give us a 3 or 4.

PPQ: What's the most surprising feedback you've received from a reader?

Farabaugh: I think the biggest surprises have sometimes been learning who is reading us. I've gotten everything from unexpected text messages from significant state political leaders, to a letter from soldiers stationed overseas in Iraq and Kuwait reading us online. Perhaps on a more personal note, I wasn't expecting the level of response I received from a narrative I wrote myself last January [http://www.ourlivesmadison.com/2010/01/the- first-time-i-fell-in-love). To date, I've received well over one hundred messages about that story and they still just keep coming.

PPQ: What advice do you have for others working in LGBT media?

Farabaugh: Look for professional and personal mentors. And don't look for those mentors exclusively in the LGBT community. There are many, many publishing professionals in the straight world that I call allies-in-waiting who will offer you invaluable insight into the industry and local markets. Keep growing as a person, too. Search out leadership training opportunities; they'll help expand how you see and relate to human resources that you may not even know are available to you.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: More LGBTs should read Press Pass Q

Every time I read Press Pass Q, I think many LGBT people would like to see it and know what it is reporting, most of which is positive. I wish, for instance, all media would publish news of the NLGJA meeting in San Francisco. As to Gay Parent Magazine, I seldom even have heard of it, and suspect most of us have not [“Pressing Questions: Gay Parent Magazine,” September 2010). It should be listed by all media, especially since it is not in competition with other media.

Billy Glover
Bossier City, La.

[What’s your opinion? We’d like to know. Send your letters to editor@PressPassQ.com. Letters should be kept to a maximum of 250 words and may be edited for length and clarity.)



TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

[Editor’s note: Are there important changes going on at your publication? E-mail the information to editor@PressPassQ.com.)

THE ADVOCATE has been nominated in the News & Business and Most Controversial categories in the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE EDITORS 2010 Best Cover Contest.

JONATHON AUBRY has been promoted to publisher of THE ADVOCATE GROUP, owned by HERE MEDIA. Previously, he served as HERE MEDIA’s senior director, branded entertainment and partnerships.

BLAKE JONATHAN BOLDT is the new managing editor of OUT & ABOUT NEWSPAPER, based in Nashville, Tenn. He takes over from JOE MORRIS, who stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

DAN DI LEO, co-founder of GAY CHICAGO MAGAZINE, has been selected for induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

GAY.COM has teamed up with film and television producer LARRY KENNAR, designer and realty TV veteran JACK MACKENROTH and award-winning producer/director JOHN RUTHERFORD to air the original web series “THE QUEENS OF DRAG: NYC,” which premiered exclusively on GAY.COM on Sept. 8, 2010.

HERE MEDIA partnered with the GAY & LESBIAN ALLIANCE AGAINST DEFAMATION to exclusively produce “THE ADVOCATE ON-AIR: THE GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS SPECIAL,” which premiered on HERE TV and on the group’s various web properties on Aug. 20, 2010.

LESBIAN NEWS, based in Torrance, Calif., celebrated its 36th anniversary in September 2010. The publication, which is the nation’s longest running lesbian magazine, also celebrated the magazine being printed in all gloss and all color.

OUT & ABOUT NEWSPAPER, based in Nashville, Tenn., won at this year’s Nashville Mosaic Awards for its website and multicultural interactive media.

OUT MAGAZINE has been nominated in the Fashion & Beauty category in the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE EDITORS 2010 Best Cover Contest for the magazine’s annual swimsuit issue.

PITTSBURGH’S OUT entered the world of broadcast via the Internet with OUTTV PITTSBURGH [OTV), a daily lineup of live shows filmed and produced by OUT personnel and available at WWW.OUTONLINE.COM.

POSITIVELY AWARE, based in Chicago, announced that it is compiling a photo essay entitled “A Day with HIV in America” to commemorate World AIDS Day.

THE RAGE MONTHLY, based in San Diego, celebrated its 3rd anniversary with its June 2010 issue.

RAINBOW WEDDING NETWORK MAGAZINE, based in Asheville, N.C., announced publication of its first nationally distributed LGBT WEDDING PLANNING GUIDE, now available in print and online.

LAURA VILLAGRAN, publisher of the print and online editions of 43 GAY & LESBIAN YELLOW PAGES, has purchased a half- interest in the MONTROSE STAR, based in Houston, Tex. HENRY MCCLURG will continue as co-owner, publisher and editor. GARY STEPHENS stepped down as a partner.

WINDY CITY TIMES celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special Sept. 29, 2010, issue.



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Contributing Writers: Duane Booth, Derrik Chinn, Chuck Colbert, Tanya Gulliver, Liz Highleyman, Michael K. Lavers, Matthew Pilecki, David Webb



CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE

CHUCK COLBERT is a freelance journalist based in Cambridge, Mass. He is a longtime contributor to the National Catholic Reporter and covered the crisis of clerical sex-abuse in the Boston archdiocese. Previously a senior reporter and columnist for the former In Newsweekly, he is a contributor to Keen News Service and Boston Spirit Magazine. Also, he has written for major mainstream daily newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post. He can be reached at crciiiund@aol.com.

FRED KUHR is an editor, reporter, performer and personal trainer based in Toronto. He has written for The Advocate, AdWeek, Toronto-based Xtra, and Boston Spirit Magazine. He has also served as editor of now-defunct publications In Newsweekly [based in Boston) and Out in the Mountains [based in Vermont). He has served as a news analyst on the Fox News Channel and CBC Radio, as well as other media outlets. Fred blogs about politics and pop culture at the FredBlog at www.fred- blog.com and has been rated one of the top Twitterers of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

DAVID WEBB worked for both mainstream and alternative media during his 25-year career, including LGBT newspaper Dallas Voice for seven years as a staff writer and news editor. He now lives on Cedar Creek Lake southeast of Dallas. In addition to freelancing, he authors the blog therarereporter.blogspot.com.



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